Toms River High School East

Newsletter - September 20, 2021

Dear Families,

We concluded a productive week at the Home of the Raiders. I popped into various classrooms throughout the week and observed the creative strategies to build relationships and engage students. I was very pleased! Shout out to Mr. Joel Tourjee for his creativity to teach German to our Autism Academy students. The kids were incredibly kind and really enjoyed the lesson!

We recognized Roberto Clemente Day on Wednesday in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. All of our students and staff were encouraged to wear their favorite sports jersey to acknowledge the lifelong commitment of Mr. Clemente to serve his community!

We held a meeting on Friday in support of our upcoming school renovation projects. We are scheduled to receive new windows, an improved HVAC system, new kitchen, new science labs, roof with updated solar panels, replacement interior and exterior doors, new elevator, and other miscellaneous improvements. We will be very busy this year!

Back to School Night!

We are holding our 2021-2022 High School East Back to School Night on Thursday, September 23, 2021 between 6 pm and 8 pm. The evening will be conducted in a HYBRID mode, meaning you may attend in-person and/or online. If you choose to participate online, simply follow your child's schedule and log on to the respective teacher's Google Classroom for a virtual orientation. Our in-person evening will follow our standard procedures. Please see the attached for period by period time schedule for your convenience. Please also be reminded that we are required to wear masks in school for the evening.

Several of our clubs, PTO, and other organizations will be set up in the cafeteria. I will be in the Media Center all evening (after my welcoming announcement) to meet with interested parents on how we can better partner to support the success of our children! Looking forward to seeing you there!

Roberto Clemente Day!

In support of Hispanic Heritage Month, we wanted to celebrate the significance of the Hispanic and Latino cultures in the United States. We recognize the valuable and lasting contributions of the rich heritage and the influence they represent on the American way of life.

HSE acknowledged September 15, 2021 as Roberto Clemente Day. Roberto Clemente Day was established by Major League Baseball to honor the legacy of the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star. Clemente died at the age of 38 in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. In his honor, MLB annually presents the Roberto Clemente Award to recognize the player who best represents the game of Baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions, both on and off the field. Club nominees for this prestigious award are announced on Roberto Clemente Day each year.

East students and staff wore their favorite jersey in honor of Mr. Clemente!

Raiders Helping Raiders

We offer a student-teacher mentor program at East called Raiders Helping Raiders. We truly care and love our students and will do what we need to do to support their success. Our staff connect with a student and provide social, emotional, and cognitive support throughout the year. We build relationships and get our at-risk students connected to the school in positive ways. If you have a child who would benefit from our program, please reach out to Mr. Doug Trumble at or Mrs. Kristen Mason at for further information.

Respectful Raiders!

Congratulations to Georgianna Montano for being recognized as a Respectful Raider this week! Georgianna recognized a younger male student suffering from a medical emergency in the hallway. Georgianna checked on the student's condition and went to get the nurse. Georgianna's calm demeanor and quick response helped this young man get the help he needed. Thank you Georgianna for your Act of Kindness to a fellow student in time of need!

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National Merit Scholarship!

Congratulations to Charlotte Feigin, Kelly Goodall, and Lauren Schober for being recognized for their academic achievement on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Each of our students received Commendations for their respective scores, highlighting their exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for program entry! Each of our students scored above the Commended Student Selection Index score of 207! Congratulations Charlotte, Kelly, and Lauren!

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Employee of the Week!

Congratulations to Mr. Ralf Solomone (School Security Officer) for being recognized as our year's first Employee of the Week! Mr. Solomone was recognized for his commitment to ensure HSE is a safe and orderly school environment. Mr. Solomone provide the trophy to Mr. Louis Ferrara this past week. Mr. Ferrara was recognized for always providing a warm welcome to our guests and keeping us safe at Door #4! Thank you Mr. Solomone and Mr. Ferrara for being proud representatives of our school community!

Class Conferences

I will be meeting with isolated groups of students within each grade level beginning Wednesday, September 22, 2021 to support school success. The meetings are designed to provide mindset, direction, and structure for individual social and academic success. I will fill you in on the outcomes in our next newsletter!

Raiders March On!

Our Marching Band competed at Manchester this past weekend! We received a score of 71.8 and came in 4th place! Coach Miller was extremely proud of their first performance in 2 years! Great job Raiders!

Dual Enrollment!

Students interested in Early College (Dual Enrollment). Apply for the Jump Start/Academy Grant by September 22, 2021 for an opportunity to receive a $250 grant. The grant money will go towards tuition. You can apply for the grant even if you have not yet completed an Early College registration form.

Counselor Newsletters!

East Community Service Link

Please check our Community Service Website:

Please Continue to Support!

We appreciate all of our families who are working so very hard to adapt to life in the COVID world. We are all working together to support our children and know we will succeed!

Please continue to remind your child to:

  • Come to school on time!
  • Respect our school dress code policies. Please do not send your child to school wearing midriff shirts. Please also remind your child that head coverings, earbuds and cell phones are things we can wear and use when we are not in the building.

Please be sure you have completed your COVID Screening Form in Parent Portal by the end of the week.

The kids are doing a good job with their masks and I would like to thank you all for your encouragement.

East Girls Volleyball Cracks the Top 20 State Rankings!

Keep up the great work girls! So very proud of you! Take a look at the NJ.Com article:


Our 10th and 11th graders will receive a PSAT Student Guide booklet by Tuesday 9/21/2021. The PSAT will be administered on Wednesday, 10/13/21. It will be a paper/pencil test. Students need to bring their own calculator.

7 reasons to take the PSAT:

1) It's great practice for the SAT. Students can get familiar with the test structure, directions, and content. 2) Boost confidence (especially for students with test anxiety). 3) Connect to colleges. The Student Search Service allows colleges to identify students based on intended major and GPA. Students can receive brochures and other college information. 4) The PSAT measures skills and knowledge and provides information about the student’s progress towards college readiness. 5) Juniors who take the test may be selected to partake in scholarship and/or recognition programs if they meet the qualifying score. 6) Discover your AP Potential. PSAT scores are used to identify students who have the potential to do well on AP exams. 7) It’s free for TRRS students!


We have received notification of cases of COVID-positive students and staff over the past week. When we are notified of a positive case, we immediately initiate our contact tracing procedures. Fortunately, since our students are expected to wear masks in school (except for gym outdoor activities and cafeteria when they eating), we have experienced relatively fewer close contacts compared to schools that do not require masks. I made an announcement last week highlighting the importance of this observation and that we do not want to go back to last year's educational instructional setting. I stressed the importance of wearing our masks properly at all times to reduce the likelihood of the spread of the virus in our building. The kids are doing great and could not be more proud of them!

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any COVID-related questions or concerns!

Guidance Weekly Information

1) The Early College Program information is now available. Registration deadline is October 1, 2021. Early College Program at HSE. 2) The PSAT is on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 for 10th & 11th graders. No registration is required. 3) Financial Aid Night is on October 14, 2021 from 7pm-8:30pm. Flyer will be mailed home to all seniors. Virtual link: 4) The SAT is on November 6, 2021. Registration deadline is 10/8/21. Register at 5) Monmouth University Open House is on 10/10/2021 at 10am. Register at 6) The College 101 workshop is on Monday, 10/25 for seniors during PE classes. 7) College/University representatives are coming to HSE to conduct information sessions. Please sign up in Guidance.